Weather in northwest Orange County for Friday, August 20, 2021:
Partly sunny, with a high near 80. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.
Increasing clouds, with a low around 66. West wind 5 to 10 mph.
Highs are forecast to gradually rise into the 90s by the middle of the next week.
Courtesy of HistoryNet:
- 1619 The first group of twenty Africans is brought to Jamestown, Virginia.
- 1741 Danish navigator Vitus Jonas Bering, commissioned by Peter the Great of Russia to find land connecting Asia and North America, discovers America.
- 1794 American General “Mad Anthony” Wayne defeats the Ohio Indians at the Battle of Fallen Timbers in the Northwest territory, ending Indian resistance in the area.
- 1833 Birth of Benjamin Harrison, 23rd President of the United States and grandson of President William Henry Harrison.
- 1847 General Winfield Scott wins the Battle of Churubusco on his drive to Mexico City.
- 1908 The American Great White Fleet arrives in Sydney, Australia, to a warm welcome.
- 1944 United States and British forces close the pincers on German units in the Falaise-Argentan pocket in France.
- 1964 US President Lyndon Baines Johnson signs the Economic Opportunity Act, an anti-poverty measure totaling nearly $1 billion, as part of his War on Poverty.
- 1974 US Vice President Gerald Ford, who had replaced Spiro Agnew, assumes the Office of the President after Richard Nixon resigns; Ford names Nelson Rockefeller as VP.
- 1978 NASA launches Viking 1; with Viking 2, launched a few days later, provided high-resolution mapping of Mars, revolutionizing existing views of the planets.
- 1982 A multinational force including 800 US Marines lands in Beirut, Lebanon, to oversee Palestinian withdrawal during the Lebanese Civil War.
- 1986 Part-time mail carrier Patrick Sherrill shoots 20 fellow workers killing 14 at Edmond Okla., the first mass shooting by an individual in an office environment in the US. His actions give rise to the phrase “going postal,” for sudden violent outbursts.
- 1990 Iraq moves Western hostages to military installations to use them as human shields against air attacks by a US-led multinational coalition.
- 1994 Miracle, the Sacred White Buffalo, born on Heider Farm near Janesville, Wisc. The first white (not albino) buffalo born since
- 1933, she was a important religious symbol for many US and Canadian Indian tribes.
- 1998 US launches cruise missile attacks against alleged al-Qaida camps in Afghanistan and a suspected chemical plant in Sudan in retaliation for the Aug. 7 bombings of American embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.